Question: When is the ‘World Leprosy’ celebrated?
(a) on the first Sunday of January
(b) on the last Sunday of January
(c) on the first Friday of January
(d) on the last Friday of January
- On January 28TH, 2018, World Leprosy Day was celebrated across the world.
- This year, its theme was set ‘Zero Disability in Boys’ and Girls’.
- Significantly, this day is celebrated on the last Sunday of January every year.
- The purpose of celebrating this day is to create awareness about the help of people suffering from leprosy and to train people who care for people suffering from this disease.
- It is known that leprosy is a chronic infectious disease caused by Mycobacterium leprae.
- As a result of which there are severe unpleasant lesions on the skin and the nerves of the hands and feet are damaged.
- This disease is also known as Hansen’s disease (named after Dr. Armor Hansen, a doctor who searches for bacterial disease of this disease).
- According to the WHO recommendation, effective treatment of leprosy can be done by multidrug therapy (MDT).